Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Thu 13th Jan 2011 17:13 UTC, submitted by Michael
Linux "Now that the kernel mode-setting page-flipping for the ATI Radeon DRM kernel module has been merged into the Linux 2.6.38 kernel and the respective bits have been set in the xf86-video-ati DDX, we're in the process of running new open-source ATI graphics benchmarks under Linux. Our initial results (included in this article) show these latest improvements to cause some major performance boosts for the open-source ATI driver as it nears the level of performance of the proprietary Catalyst driver."
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RE[2]: great
by WereCatf on Fri 14th Jan 2011 08:04 UTC in reply to "RE: great"
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Not only are open source drivers the more capable (being able to run Wayland and rootless X, for example)

That's not really what I would have in mind when talking about capabilities. The open-source drivers -- both Nouveau and Radeon -- lack things the hardware supports and you get those only with the proprietary driver. And this "the open-source ones will soon catch up to proprietary ones" is nonsense. That's been touted for years and years and they're not even close. Sure, I'd _love_ them to actually catch up both in performance and in features, but I simply do not see that happening.

Now, with Ubuntu and several others moving towards Wayland ATI/NVIDIA users are getting screwed as they lose a bunch of features, and speed even more so.

Meh, I'm just annoyed. I recently ditched Linux on my desktop. It makes a great OS for the average user or for servers, but it simply doesn't suit me. There is always something that's broken or needs a bunch of extra steps or something and it really gets tiresome, and as I am a gamer the fact that my games don't work is already enough.

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